National Supervisor of Local Elections, CPA Ryan Ghanem, talks about the process of receiving lists of candidates/Photo: Nathan Weil, GPO
The Ministry of Interior has completed one of the highlights of the local and regional elections to be held on October 31, 2023.
More than 5,500 booklets with lists of candidates from all over the country were recorded in the special digital system established by the Ministry, containing more than 30,000 names of candidates seeking the trust of residents in 200 local authorities and 53 regional councils and town committees.
There will be no elections in 4 local and regional authorities this time: 2 new local councils in which the initial appointed committee still serves – Shaar Hashomeron and Tzur Hadassah, and 2 municipalities where elections have been held in recent years: the Yoav Regional Council and the Tel Mond Local Council.
Local Elections Committee 2023/official website, photo: Sivan Shachor, GPO
The National Supervisor of Local and Regional Elections, CPA Ryan Ghanem, emphasizes that as part of the Ministry of Interior's activity to ensure the integrity of the elections, all lists of candidates are examined according to the criteria set forth in the election laws, and only after the examination process is completed, the applications for disqualification, the granting of the right of appeal and final rulings will the approved lists of candidates be announced. Following meticulous monitoring at every stage of the process, the lists of candidates will be uploaded to the election portal established by the National Election Supervision Unit at the Ministry of the Interior.
"At the Ministry of the Interior, we have been working for many months, and in recent weeks even more intensely, with an increased workforce of hundreds of people, in order to ensure a credible, fair and efficient election campaign, while ensuring full transparency. For the first time in a municipal election campaign, we have implemented digital processes and advanced technology to streamline the process – both for candidates and citizens – all in order to enable every resident entitled to this by law to exercise their right to vote and be elected to the local or regional authority in which they live and to influence their quality of life and environment."
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